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    Help with a Stripped Screw Head

    I have completely stripped the head of a screw in a swimming pool filter. I tried hammering a star bit into the head, and that worked for a little grip, but now I've got a round hole and can't get any more traction. I don't have the screw far enough out to grab the head with pliers. Anyone have any other suggestions for getting this thing out?



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    Re: Help with a Stripped Screw Head

    Quote Originally Posted by AIT View Post
    I have completely stripped the head of a screw in a swimming pool filter. I tried hammering a star bit into the head, and that worked for a little grip, but now I've got a round hole and can't get any more traction. I don't have the screw far enough out to grab the head with pliers. Anyone have any other suggestions for getting this thing out?
    do you have enough room to take a hacksaw and make a straight edge groove for a flat screwdriver?


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    Re: Help with a Stripped Screw Head

    Quote Originally Posted by AIT View Post
    I have completely stripped the head of a screw in a swimming pool filter. I tried hammering a star bit into the head, and that worked for a little grip, but now I've got a round hole and can't get any more traction. I don't have the screw far enough out to grab the head with pliers. Anyone have any other suggestions for getting this thing out?
    There's all kinds of infomercials out there about a bit that does this. I can't remember the name, but it has two tips, and one tip drills out the head, and the other unscrews it. Ah, never mind...found it!

    As Seen On TV Infomercial Products Store - Official As Seen On TV Guys Online Store. - Product Search - Criteria: grabit



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    Re: Help with a Stripped Screw Head

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    There's all kinds of infomercials out there about a bit that does this. I can't remember the name, but it has two tips, and one tip drills out the head, and the other unscrews it. Ah, never mind...found it!

    As Seen On TV Infomercial Products Store - Official As Seen On TV Guys Online Store. - Product Search - Criteria: grabit
    Dang you! I spend my whole life watching infomercials. Just saw that one a few weeks ago. Its called grabit and its logo is a frog.



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    Re: Help with a Stripped Screw Head

    Quote Originally Posted by AIT View Post
    I have completely stripped the head of a screw in a swimming pool filter. I tried hammering a star bit into the head, and that worked for a little grip, but now I've got a round hole and can't get any more traction. I don't have the screw far enough out to grab the head with pliers. Anyone have any other suggestions for getting this thing out?
    They do sell a self tapping screw remover at Lowes, Home Depot and Menards.....drill pilot hole small, screw in tap screw, remove old......fairly easy.......Maybe call the Hardware Store 1st.....

    But I have used and works really well.....



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    Re: Help with a Stripped Screw Head

    Quote Originally Posted by chadm View Post
    do you have enough room to take a hacksaw and make a straight edge groove for a flat screwdriver?
    That did it. I could've saved myself a lot of time and cussing if I'd known that earlier this afternoon



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    Re: Help with a Stripped Screw Head

    Quote Originally Posted by AIT View Post
    That did it. I could've saved myself a lot of time and cussing if I'd known that earlier this afternoon

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    Good to hear it worked.


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    Re: Help with a Stripped Screw Head

    I've used something similar to this before.

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    Re: Help with a Stripped Screw Head

    I've stripped many a screws over time and just recently caved in and got the Grabit Pro kit at Home Depot about two months ago. Low and behold, I haven't stripped a screw since I got it in order to test it Of course I purchased it after building a small deck that caused me to strip about 7 or 8 screws.


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    Re: Help with a Stripped Screw Head

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    I've stripped many a screws over time and just recently caved in and got the Grabit Pro kit at Home Depot about two months ago. Low and behold, I haven't stripped a screw since I got it in order to test it Of course I purchased it after building a small deck that caused me to strip about 7 or 8 screws.
    That is how they get you! I have purchased no less than 5 different tools to fix various problems AFTER having dealt with the problem, then never use them again. Now everytime I run into something like this I just make due and utilize various curse words to get me through. Home Depot will no longer get my money for these things!



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    Re: Help with a Stripped Screw Head

    As a professional Aircraft Mechanic, removing stripped screws was at least half of my business.

    We tend to drill halfway into the head, and then use an "Easy Out" (which looks like a tapered drill) to remove them.

    To avoid stripping it out in the first place, if it is a #2 Phillips screw, just use #2 drywall screw bits to start with. They are a thinner profile screwbit head that penetrates deeper into the screw head and get better traction. You'll break off the screwbit, now and again, but only rarely will you strip the screw head.

    Another tip is to always apply antiseize to screws that might be prone to stripping, like your swimming pool filter screw.


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    Re: Help with a Stripped Screw Head

    You do not have to be a professional aircraft mechanic to figure this out... But I do agree with him/her. Easy outs work well.

    The key is using the correct sized bit for the screw you are working with. If you are not familiar with screw head sizes etc, you can tell if you look very closely at how the bit/driver fits in the screw.

    Glad you figured it out though. It's a pain!



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